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btheist's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by btheist

Everyone is missing the point.... his point is a warning to be vigilant in assessing scientific claims as their is a strong possibility of confirmation bias. What he's saying is that certain parties in the scientific community have used and will continue to use the same tactics we blame the creationist for using, namely cherry picking of data and labeling healthy skepticism as heresy.

You extract specific sentences and half phrases from his speech and interpret them differently, or speculate on "what he really meant", but it doesn't change the fact that the whole speech was a vivid reminder to be ever skeptical of everything you hear and read, and probably even more so if what you hear is confirming your own bias, lest you fall prey to confirmation bias yourself.

All in all a good speech.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:19:47 UTC | #888675